At People First Merseyside it is our priority to protect the health and wellbeing of our members and paid workers during the Covid-19 pandemic. That is why we have followed the government guidelines, temporarily closed the office and continue working with our members from home.
Paid workers regularly call members to see how they’re doing and to have a general chat but we are also doing as much project-related work as we can (planning, researching activities to do at home, sign language by Maria etc). This has been a challenge for all of us but we are getting better every day!
We have had to learn a lot about technology and video calling applications, but it is useful and valuable knowledge, best illustrated with a quote from Phil:
“Zoom meetings break up the day, they give us something to do and keep us in touch with PFM friends. I have also used Zoom to video call my parents, brother and sister – I have ‘seen’ them for the first time in three years!”
Some members have pointed out that keeping in touch with members and staff helps their mental health as they still feel connected to their friends. Jade said she would feel down if members weren’t so good at keeping in touch and Phil added that Zoom meetings bring a bit of happiness and company to his days in lockdown.
So, for now we are patiently staying at home, staying connected and looking forward to the day when we can see each other ‘in person’ again.
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